India’s busiest airports for 2013-14

             Busiest airports in India by passenger traffic: April 2013–March 2014
  Name City   Passengers  
Indira Gandhi International Airport Delhi 36,990,987
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Mumbai 32,221,395
Chennai International Airport Chennai 12,896,055
Kempegowda International Airport Bangalore 12,868,830
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport Kolkata 10,100,232
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Hyderabad 8,653,784
Cochin International Airport Kochi 5,383,114
Sardar Patel International Airport Ahmedabad 4,564,225
Goa International Airport Dabolim 3,999,535
Pune Airport Pune 3,596,684
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport Thiruvananthapuram 2,934,434
Kozhikode International Airport Kozhikode 2,455,579
Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport Lucknow 2,312,291
Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport Guwahati 2,196,545
Srinagar Airport Srinagar 2,003,186
Jaipur International Airport Jaipur 1,981,936
Biju Patnaik International Airport Bhubaneswar 1,335,832
Mangalore International Airport Mangalore 1,283,667
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport Nagpur 1,263,837
Coimbatore International Airport Coimbatore 1,244,300
Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport Indore 1,114,980
Chandigarh Airport Chandigarh 1,050,397
Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport Patna 1,044,127
Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport Amritsar 1,031,821
Tiruchirappalli International Airport Tiruchirappalli 1,015,825
Visakhapatnam Airport Visakapatnam 1,012,522
Jammu Airport Jammu 845,555
Raipur Airport Raipur 839,534
Varanasi Airport Varanasi 826,282
Agartala Airport Agartala 824,496
Veer Savarkar International Airport Port Blair 757,009
Bagdogra Airport Bagdogra 721,365
Vadodara Airport Vadodara 686,235
Madurai Airport Madurai 670,516
Imphal Airport Imphal 628,766
Birsa Munda Airport Ranchi 517,006
Aurangabad Airport Aurangabad 447,917
Maharana Pratap Airport Udaipur 435,197
Raja Bhoj Airport Bhopal 2,889,086
Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport Leh 330,001
Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun 306,832
Rajkot Airport Rajkot 306,441
Jodhpur Airport Jodhpur 303,678
Tirupati Airport Tirupati 272,095
Dibrugarh Airport Dibrugarh 246,068
Gaya Airport Gaya 102,212

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Roadside Americana: Quaint small college towns

Granville, OH - Source:

Granville, OH – Source:

For this list, I chose to keep the town’s size at approximately 15,000 residents or less. Otherwise, it’s increasingly difficult to affix the term “quaint” to a place larger than that population. Berea is the largest community with more than 13,000 people, but most of the communities listed are quite a bit smaller than even 10,000 residents. Fulton, Greencastle, and Silver City are the only other communities listed with 10,000 or more residents. The smallest is Olivet, Michigan (near Lansing) with 1,600 residents.

  • Berea, Kentucky (Berea)
  • Buckhannon, West Virginia (West Virginia Wesleyan)
  • Chestertown, Maryland (Washington)
  • Dartmouth, New Hampshire (Dartmouth)
  • Decorah, Iowa (Luther)
  • Fulton, Missouri (William Woods)
  • Gambier, Ohio (Kenyon)
  • Granville, Ohio (Denison)
  • Greencastle, Indiana (DePauw)
  • Gunnison, Colorado (Western State)
  • Hancock, Michigan (Finlandia)
  • Hanover, Indiana (Hanover)
  • Lewisburg, Pennsylvania (Bucknell)
  • Lexington, Virginia (Washington & Lee and VMI)
  • North Manchester, Indiana (Manchester)
  • Olivet, Michigan (Olivet)
  • Shepherdstown, West Virginia (Shepherd)
  • Silver City, New Mexico (Western New Mexico)
  • Dahlonega, Georgia (North Georgia)
  • Yellow Springs, Ohio (Antioch)
Silver City, NM - Source:

Silver City, NM – Source:

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What a “smart park” idea!


Map of Royal Oak – Source:

According to the Daily Tribune newspaper, the City of Royal Oak, Michigan is in the process of establishing what is thought to be the nation’s first “Smart Park” in a pedestrian plaza within its trendy and vibrant downtown area. This unique pocket park, tentatively named Center Street Smart Park,  will be equipped with the following featurespublic WiFi, tables, solar-powered digital charging stations and other features.” The other features will include play elements for children, bike racks, sustainable landscaping, and rain gardens to limit storm water run-off.

With exception of the design plans, the park will be paid for through crowd-funding options and a match from the State of Michigan. These efforts will be initiated in April 2015 after the design plans are drawn up.

Many kudos to the City of Royal Oak for thinking outside the box and taking the planning of urban amenities to a whole new level. I can see “Smart Parks” dotting the nation in the very near future as a simple, worthwhile, and cost-effective economic development tool.

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Prospecting for art in former mining towns

Nelson, BC - Source:

Nelson, BC – Source:

Each of the towns listed below was historically founded as an isolated mining community. All  have successfully reinvented themselves as art towns since the local mining industry waned. Some mining operations may still take place in the vicinity, but not to the extent they once did during the boom years of peak production.


Silver City, NM – Source:

In most of these communities, the visible relics and remnants of their mining heritage remain, producing an historic authenticity that you cannot find in “theme-oriented” towns or make-believe tourist traps. This genuineness, along with rich natural landscapes is what draws tourists, residents, retirees, and artists alike to these often remote communities.  Deposit these varied elements together and you get a unique and eclectic mix of rich artistry from which to enjoy.

Quincy Mine in Hancock, MI - Source:

Quincy Mine in Hancock, MI – Source:

Here’s my list of mining towns that have successfully made the transition to art towns. The list is not meant to be comprehensive.

Historic Fire Station in Nevada City, CA

Historic Fire Station in Nevada City, CA

While a variety of communities may stake a claim to the term “art town,” few can produce a mother lode of exceptional aesthetics found in former mining towns. Examples include the stairs of Bisbee (over 1,000 steps!); the narrow and steep streets of Nevada City, Bisbee, or Telluride; the arctic winds and northern lights of Hancock, Homer, or Marquette; the Wild West heritage of Silver City; or the breathtaking scenic backdrops of Aspen, Red Lodge, or Telluride.



For urban planners, former mining towns present an exciting array of opportunities for historic preservation, adaptive reuse, tourism, and economic gardening. Often, the immense wealth once found in these mining towns helped leave a wonderful legacy of beautiful and inspirational architecture adorning the community.  Many non-mining towns could only dream of such outstanding structural assets.

Restored interior of the Mineral Point Opera House - Source:

Restored interior of the Mineral Point Opera House – Source:

On the flip side, a host of uncommon planning challenges are often leftover from the mining era. These may include but not be limited to abandoned mines; a random patchwork of shafts and tunnels; toxic tailings; polluted soils; and areas of scarred terrain. Despite these difficulties, the charm associated with former mining towns is undeniable.

Galena, IL - Source:

Galena, IL – Source:

If you are looking for a bonanza of fine arts amid a rough-and-ready landscape shaped by nature and past extractive operations, then one must consider grab-sampling one of these rich nuggets for future exploration and discovery. Despite their industrial legacy, each town listed has many splendid attributes beyond the gems and minerals that once laid beneath the surface.


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Weaponry city and town names



Though personally opposed to individual ownership of many of the weapons listed, I thought it would be interesting to identify those communities named for or including some form of weaponry in their name. Additions to the list are welcome.

  • Atomic City, Idaho, USA
  • Bayonet Point, Florida, USA
  • Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA (Broken Arrow is actually a term for peace)
  • Broken Bow, Nebraska, USA (thank you, Jean)
  • Cannon Beach, Oregon, USA
  • Cannon Falls, Minnesota, USA
  • Cannonsburg, Michigan, USA
  • Cut Knife, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Gunbarrel, Colorado, USA
  • Gun Barrel City, Texas, USA
  • Gunnison, Colorado, USA (thank you, JBP)
  • Guntown, Mississippi, USA
  • Lake Arrowhead, California, USA
  • Nitro, West Virginia, USA
  • Rifle, Colorado, USA
  • Spear, North Carolina, USA
  • Spearfish, South Dakota, USA
  • Swords, Ireland
  • Tank, Pakistan
  • Tomahawk, Wisconsin, USA
  • Torpedo, Pennsylvania, USA

Sources: personal knowledge,, and the Rand McNally Road Atlas

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Stores where principles and people outweigh greed on Thanksgiving



The following retail stores deserve our praise, thanks, gratitude, and money for not putting greedy materialism ahead of both people and the nation’s most sincere national holiday. THESE are the places to shop this holiday season, not at those retailers who put profits before principles. As one retail store manager so aptly put it,

“We’ve shifted as a nation — it’s not so much about the family, it’s all about business.”

Thank you to the following major retailers who are NOT open on Thanksgiving Day.

  • American Girl
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Bed, Bath and Beyond
  • BJ’s Wholesale
  • Burlington Coat Factory
  • Cabela’s
  • Christopher & Banks
  • Costco
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Dillard’s
  • DSW
  • GameStop
  • Gordman’s
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • Home Store
  • Jo-Ann Fabric
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshall’s
  • T.J. Maxx
  • Menards
  • Navy Exchange
  • Neiman-Marcus
  • Nordstrom
  • Panera Bread (certain locations)
  • Patagonia
  • Petco
  • Pier 1
  • Publix
  • REI
  • Sak’s
  • Sam’s Club
  • Schuler Books and Music
  • Tractor Supply
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Zingerman’s Deli
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“Interstellar” is indescribably awesome!



Kathy and I saw Interstellar last night. This science-fiction epic is so good that a description cannot and should not be compartmentalized into a blog post.

The cast, including a surprise un-billed guest appearance, were superb, the visual images were spellbinding, and Hans Zimmer’s amazing score must, I repeat MUST, win the Oscar. How he matches music to the images will literally take your breath away.

Jonathan and Christopher Nolan pulled out all the stops and created a movie-making masterpiece. You do’t just watch Interstellar, but you experience it.

Definitely go so Interstellar. Even if you are not a sci-fi geek I think you will enjoy the story, because in the end, Interstellar is a cosmic love story of intergalatic proportions.

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